You Have Circled This Mountain Long Enough. Now Turn North.(Deut 2:3)

 

 

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Today was a nice-and-smooth-and- uneventful Herceptin infusion day.  🙂

Here are some notes that I took from a book that has been a blessing to me over the years. I am sharing them here in case there are others that might also find them helpful as I do.  I want to get back to healthy, trim, and fit and would very much appreciate specific prayer in this area.   Honestly, it was pretty disheartening to get re-diagnosed with cancer this time after getting back to a place that I was in excellent shape weight and exercise wise.  Over eating and turning to food when I am stressed  is an area of weakness for me but I know that in Him , I am a victorious over comer.  In my own strength I am weak and mess up but I’m not supposed to be trying to live this life in my own strength.  Like good ole’ Phil 4:13 says: 

13 I can do all things through Christ[ who strengthens me.

 

 “Go-To” scripts on pp 215-216 of “Made to Crave: Satisfying your deepest desire with God. not food”” by Lysa Terkeurst (Direct qutes):
” 1.God has given me power over my food choices. I’m supposed to consume food.
Food isn’t supposed to consume me:
 2 Cor 12: 9-10 His grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in weakness. When we are  weak, then we are strong.
 2. I was made for more than to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat.
Deut 2:3 “You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north.”
 3. When I am considering a compromise, I will think past this moment and ask myself, “How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?”
 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
whom you have received from God? You are not your own: you were ought at a
price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Cor 6:19-20
4.When I am tempted, I either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall. No
temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee. 1 Cor 10:12-14
5. When there’s a special event, I can find other ways to celebrate rather than blowing my healthy eating plan.
 
See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Rev 3:8
  
6. Struggling with my weight isn’t God’s mean curse on me, but an outside indication that internal changes are needed for me to function and feel well.
 Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!   I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. is 43: 18-19
 
 
7. I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but rather to define the parameters of my freedom.
 
I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves.  Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. Romans 6:19″
I love it that even when we fail in an area, there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus but instead His arms are stretched open wide to His kids and that He always has practical help and hope for us.  I love it that He has fresh starts available 24/7/365!  We all struggle in various areas at various times, what a blessing that we can cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us.  We don’t have to fix ourselves up first and then come to Him but we can come to Him right where we are at no matter what the issue is.  In Him, we are victorious overcomers!
Gratefully His,
Paula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redefining “Boring Romance”

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http://annvoskamp.com/2017/02/the-real-truth-about-romance-boring-men-and-the-women-who-love-them-redefining-boring-romance/

This is a great article about love and romance.  I am so very grateful for my dear husband.—Paula

1 Corinthians 13The Message (MSG)

The Way of Love

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

33 Verses to Remind Us We Do Not Need to Fear ANYTHING!

 

33 Verses to Remind Us – We Do Not Have to Fear

 http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/33-verses-to-remind-us–we-do-not-have-to-fear.html  (This is a good article)

 

1.  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

2.  “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

3.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

4.  “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27

5.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

6.  “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

7.  “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19

8.  “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

9.  “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25

10. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

11. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

12. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

13. “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.  Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

14. “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4

15. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26

16. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

17. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22

18. “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Mark 6:50

19. “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

20. “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:13-14

21. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

22. “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” Psalm 118:6-7

23. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25

24. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:39-40

25. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7

26. “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” 1 Peter 3:14

27. “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

28. “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22

29. “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’” Revelation 1:17

30. “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36

31. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38-39

32. “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17

33. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him…” from Psalm 91:1-16

“Be assured, He is with you in whatever you face, in the turmoil and struggles, amidst the anxious thoughts and the worries of life. He is there, strengthening, helping, and He holds you in His hands.

God is greater. He gives us the power to live courageously, boldly, fearlessly in this life, when many things that surround us would tell us to be afraid. His truth whispers strong and sure to the deepest core of our spirits:

“Do not fear.”

–Debbie McDaniel at  http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/33-verses-to-remind-us–we-do-not-have-to-fear.html

“God’s Grace Will Keep Pace With Whatever We Face”

"Cancer is only going to be a chapter in my life and not the whole story." ~Joe Wasser, Lymphoma Warrior:

 

 

Below is a  link  about  responding to people that we care about who are hurting when we don’t know what to say or do to help them.  I’ve been on both sides of that situation.  Sometimes it’s really hard to know how to reach out to people  that God brings into our lives who are going through tough times. We need His wisdom and good communication so we can best be the Lord’s Hands and Feet and Mouth Piece to each other! 🙂  

http://bronlea.com/2013/06/02/letter-to-a-hurting-friend/

I’m off to get my “IV Vitamin H” this morning and see my oncologist.  The every three week Herceptin is not really a vitamin of course, just a nick name for one of the big guns in my arsenal, a “targeted smart bomb ” of sorts for over expressed Her 2 cells.  I’ve switched from Wednesday to Monday appointments now I am no longer on weekly chemo.    Not a big deal except I discovered in the switch that I needed to make sure my infusion appointment was not scheduled even one day closer than three weeks apart or insurance would not pay for it which IS a great big huge deal with it’s price tag!  If you are interested in what Herceptin does for me ( I consider this drug a humongous gift from God to me and my fellow Her2 Warrior Sistas), here is a good description: http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/targeted_therapies/herceptin/how_works

 

 

“GOD’S GRACE WILL KEEP PACE WITH WHATEVER YOU FACE”

I like this quote.   Thanks for passing along Art’s words of wisdom, Margo.

 

 

1 Timothy 1:14 (NIV)

14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Thanking God for grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus! ( 1 Tim 1:4 The Message)

 

Paula

 

 

 

The Best is Yet to Be

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“Had any other situation been better for you than the one in which you find yourself, Divine love would have placed you there.”  –Charles Spurgeon

“Think about this. The One who created and controls the world, the One who is the ultimate definition of what is loving, true, and good, and the One who alone has the power to finally defeat sin has chosen, because of his grace, to wrap his arms of faithful love and protection around you, and He will not let you go.” (Paul Tripp New Morning Mercies Jan 13)

God is encouraging me in many ways and I am so very thankful to be feeling better! 🙂  I am making February my “Phase One” month to concentrate on detoxing from the chemo and to work on building back up my body and returning to healthy, trim, and fit…one step at a time making progress in my body restoration/renewal/revival/ and re-all good things process.  I like the expression, “Don’t look back.  You’re not going that way!”   No matter what is ahead, my future is bright with the Lord in charge of my today and the rest of my life, and the best is yet to be!

Paula